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Old 13 Apr 2017, 02:13 (Ref:3726017)   #3466
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Does Mr Alonso need to do the rookie test?
Yes. Usually it's also required that you test by yourself on an oval as a rookie before the season starts, in the case of full time drivers. Same rules will apply to his teammate Jack Harvey who has graduated from Indy Lights (he's only done road course tests so far).
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Old 13 Apr 2017, 02:26 (Ref:3726023)   #3467
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Similar to whomever it was that had to take the Rookie course at the Nurburgring a couple of years ago. It was someone who had decades of top flight racing experience. Doesn't matter, if it's your first attempt.
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Old 13 Apr 2017, 10:55 (Ref:3726069)   #3468
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Similar to whomever it was that had to take the Rookie course at the Nurburgring a couple of years ago. It was someone who had decades of top flight racing experience. Doesn't matter, if it's your first attempt.
And Hulk doing the Le Mans rookie tests. F1 driver? Doesn't matter - get in the simulator.
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Old 13 Apr 2017, 12:45 (Ref:3726086)   #3469
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And Hulk doing the Le Mans rookie tests. F1 driver? Doesn't matter - get in the simulator.
As it should be!

It's killing me that I can't recall the driver at the Ring either last year or 2 years ago. I want to say it was Kenny Brack, but I don't think that's correct...
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Old 17 Apr 2017, 07:16 (Ref:3727275)   #3470
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Just a query, is the Honda engine in Indy , better preforming than that of the engine used in F1?

I have liked Fernando for a long time and wish the best , its a hard race and not as easy to jump from F1 to Indy.

A few have managed it and a few have missed it.

Would like to see more drivers from top echelons of motor sport categories ,
have a crack at it; but not at the expense of current entrants missing out.
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Old 17 Apr 2017, 15:23 (Ref:3727342)   #3471
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Just a query, is the Honda engine in Indy , better preforming than that of the engine used in F1?
The engines, or Power units/PUs as they are called in F1, are a completely different specification and design from the engines used in IndyCar.

These two links will explain the differences.

https://www.formula1.com/en/champion...t_and_ERS.html

http://www.indycar.com/Fan-Info/INDY...Specifications

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I have liked Fernando for a long time and wish the best , its a hard race and not as easy to jump from F1 to Indy.

A few have managed it and a few have missed it.

Would like to see more drivers from top echelons of motor sport categories,
have a crack at it; but not at the expense of current entrants missing out.
I would like to see more drivers too, contracts and series co-operation permitting. The current IndyCar teams wouldn't drop any of their regular season drivers, unless there were mitigating circumstances but teams do look to expand for the 500 or teams can be put together just to race the 500.
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Old 17 Apr 2017, 19:40 (Ref:3727386)   #3472
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The beauty of the 500 (or at least the way it was) is that you have to actually qualify for the race, in that it was never guaranteed you'd start, even if you stayed "clean" in the month of May. I won't get too far into that, but if Alonso qualified over, say Marco, I wouldn't lose a wink of sleep over it
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Old 18 Apr 2017, 07:55 (Ref:3727490)   #3473
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The engines, or Power units/PUs as they are called in F1, are a completely different specification and design from the engines used in IndyCar.

These two links will explain the differences.

https://www.formula1.com/en/champion...t_and_ERS.html

http://www.indycar.com/Fan-Info/INDY...Specifications



I would like to see more drivers too, contracts and series co-operation permitting. The current IndyCar teams wouldn't drop any of their regular season drivers, unless there were mitigating circumstances but teams do look to expand for the 500 or teams can be put together just to race the 500.
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Old 18 Apr 2017, 21:48 (Ref:3727643)   #3474
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I could see Alonso fitting in nicely in an IndyCar paddock. He's got more personality and isn't afraid to show it than most f1 drivers, with working the camera during a practice session or sunbathing on the hill during another session. He might enjoy the more accessible and open atmosphere to the buttoned down f1 paddock. And since he's already got 2 championships in f1 and he's talking about winning in multiple disciplines to prove he's an all time great, maybe a switch to IndyCar full time could be in the cards. Maybe a McLaren full season entry for a year or two to keep him with them in case their f1 car becomes competitive?
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Old 19 Apr 2017, 03:20 (Ref:3727680)   #3475
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Just a query, is the Honda engine in Indy , better preforming than that of the engine used in F1?
It wasn't always that way, HPD taking an ex-Ferrari F1 guy kicked their game along in 2016 bigtime...

Wonder if he is free to work on the F1 project before Honda gets dumped by McLaren?
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Old 20 Apr 2017, 03:28 (Ref:3727902)   #3476
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And since he's already got 2 championships in f1 and he's talking about winning in multiple disciplines to prove he's an all time great, maybe a switch to IndyCar full time could be in the cards. Maybe a McLaren full season entry for a year or two to keep him with them in case their f1 car becomes competitive?
From what he said in his post-accouncement interview and at Bahrain, he's staying in F1 full-time (he also made a comment about being specialized for F1). He didn't rule out further attempts at the 500 though.
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Old 20 Apr 2017, 20:59 (Ref:3728037)   #3477
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From what he said in his post-accouncement interview and at Bahrain, he's staying in F1 full-time (he also made a comment about being specialized for F1). He didn't rule out further attempts at the 500 though.
Yeah, I just think his mind could change with a good experience in the Indycar paddock and a good showing at Indy coupled with more misery with the McLaren F1 car.

Any chance he does some laps during practice at Barber? Just for fun or familiarization with the car? See how he likes it? Would be a good treat for the fans there, since he'll be there already.
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Old 21 Apr 2017, 04:47 (Ref:3728099)   #3478
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Yeah, I just think his mind could change with a good experience in the Indycar paddock and a good showing at Indy coupled with more misery with the McLaren F1 car.

Any chance he does some laps during practice at Barber? Just for fun or familiarization with the car? See how he likes it? Would be a good treat for the fans there, since he'll be there already.
I doubt it, might embarass him but seriously, he's testing the car at IMS in 2 weeks: http://motorsports.nbcsports.com/201...-may-3-at-ims/
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Alonso will be at Barber.

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Zac Brown says he wants to see McLaren at Indy every year. This is mere speculation but could this be a precursor for McLaren to return to IndyCar as a chassis manufacturer?

Another chassis manufacturer competing with Dallara, I think would be good as IndyCar could then finally shake off the spec aspect. Of course this would have to be cost effective for both McLaren and teams alike.

http://classic.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/129127
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